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July 24, 2009


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marilyn olsen

This dress was created by our nana, Rosalba McMillen. She was an excellent seamstress and professional needlepointer. She was commissioned to do needlepoint for a store in the Farmers Market in Los Angeles, CA. She made all of my sisters and my dresses. She also knitted all of our sweaters. She was born on Feb.13,1888 and died on Easter Sunday 1969. She is interned in Forest Lawn.

FIDM Museum

Thank you so much for taking the time to share this additonal information with us! We always love hearing more details about the garments in our collection. The information you've provided makes the garment really come alive.


One of the characters wore this style of dress in the season 4 Christmas special of Downton Abbey. I was really surprised to see that shape as I guess not a lot of 20's movies and shows focus on the more demure side of fashion. I loved reading this, I have just discovered this blog. Fantastic!!! I especially love the line about how debutantes found this popular and that is exactly what she was wearing the dress for, her coming out ball. Terrific to see that Downton Abbey really does work hard at being historically fashionable.

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